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Greece 500 Drachmai 1968

Item Code: GR-197

Front: Great Eleusinian Relief (from National Archaeological Museum of Athens): Triptolemos (Triptolemus) standing between Goddesses Demeter and Persephone (also called Kore), daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Reverse: Aigagros (Wild goat, Chamois, Ibex) with her young: Faience Relief from Knossos. Apples, grapes and an olive branch. Watermark: Head of Ephebos (adolescent, ephebe, ephebus), the Youth of Antikythera. Security features: Consecutively running serial numbers on the front of the banknote. Embedded solid 1/2 mm wide security thread. Predominant colour: Olive green. Artists: G. Velissaridis and I. Stinis. Engraved by: L. Orphanos and G. Angelopoulos. Signatures: Seeking advice (Manager, O Diefthyntis); Dimitrios Galanis (Chief Officer = Deputy Governor, O Dioikitis, 7 August 1967 – 4 May 1973). Security thread: Solid 1/2 mm, embedded. Printing method: Intaglio. Issuer: Bank of Greece - Trapeza Tis Ellados. Date of issue: 1 November 1968. Date of withdrawal: N/a. Total issue: N/a. Legal tender: No. Material: Cotton paper. Printer: Bank of Greece Institute - Idryma Trapezis tis Ellados.

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Dimensions: 158 x 73 mm

Texts: Trapeza Tis Ellados. Drachmai Pentakosiai. Pliroteai epi ti, emfanisei. En Athinais ti 1 Noemvriou 1968.


The drachma has been the Greek national currency from 1833 to 2002. On 1 January 2002 the drachma
has been replaced by the euro. Following the introduction of euro banknotes and coins, drachma notes and coins
ceased to be legal tender on 28 February 2002. Drachma banknotes were exchanged for euro at the Bank of
Greece until 1st of March 2012. Despite that Greek banknotes retain strong collector value.

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